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Hybrid Cars Battery Life-Introduction and Cost

Hybrid Cars Battery Life-Introduction and Cost

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  A hybrid car battery is just like any other battery. The only difference is that they have a higher capacity and can store sufficient energy to power the car on the road for a few kilometers. The power storage system is the most important part of any hybrid vehicle. According to the manufacturers, the hybrid car combines the functions of a gasoline engine and the electric hybrid battery. It is rechargeable and provides enough energy to move a large vehicle. A hybrid car uses gasoline and electricity. This technology has significantly changed the face of environmentally-friendly driving options.

  Presently, most hybrid cars use a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. These batteries can store more power than NiCd batteries, which makes them suitable for hybrid cars. These batteries are environmentally friendly when fully recyclable. Though the production of these batteries is extremely expensive and this is one major reason why the cost of a hybrid car is high.

  Unlike conventional car batteries, which must be replaced every three to four years, hybrid car battery packs are warranted for years. Not only do they last longer, they generally last longer than the rest of the vehicle battery. In terms of mileage, the battery is designed to last between 150,000 and 200,000 miles, far exceeding the average life expectancy of a typical car.

  Hybrid Cars Battery Life Expectancy

  Hybrid car batteries are manufactured with hundreds of cells, which at first look indicates a problem of complexity and perhaps even less reliability. Modern manufacturing methods make sure that this is not the case, and indeed a large number of cells mean that in one or two cases of depreciation, the general performance remains relatively unchanged. This is obviously reflected in the years of warranty that battery manufacturers are willing to offer, so this shouldn't be a concern when buying a hybrid car.

  For decades, Toyota has been at the forefront of the hybrid car market. Toyota Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid car was introduced to the United States 20 years ago. However many people are still unwilling to invest in a hybrid vehicle due to concerns about how long the battery will last and the cost of replacing it. In this article, we will take a look at the hybrid cars' battery life expectancy and how much does it cost to replace a hybrid battery.

  There are many types of hybrid vehicles in the market. All of these vehicles offer renowned reliability along with excellent fuel economy. But what is the expected lifespan of these batteries? On average, a vehicle drives about 10,000 miles a year and lasts between 6 and 12 years. Some Toyota hybrid vehicle owners have reported battery life of about 200,000 miles and more. This means you can buy a used hybrid that is 10 years old and a battery that can still have up to 100,000 miles of life. Therefore, in many cases, the battery can last the entire life span of the vehicle.

  How much does it cost to replace a hybrid battery?

  Normally, a hybrid car battery should be replaced after about eight years of use. Whether or not you choose to replace it depends on how many miles the car has already been driven. The cost of replacement and other important components are starting to fail as well.  Once the hybrid car battery dies, you will no longer be able to drive the vehicle because the battery cannot be charged.

  It is a bit difficult to say exactly the cost of replacing hybrid batteries today because only a few are being replaced. Also, the cost depends on dealership and labor expenses. According to Toyota, their battery failure rate is estimated at less than one percent, and that number is dropping. So, taking all these into consideration, the estimated figure you should expect to pay for a replacement of a hybrid battery is between $2,000 and $3,000, though battery packs can be found much cheaper in scrap yards that have destroyed hybrids.

  Hybrid battery size can also affect the price of the battery. Replacement batteries for vehicles such as the Ford Escape hybrid SUV and Toyota Highlander another hybrid SUV can cost more than other vehicles.

  Can you drive a hybrid vehicle without a battery?

  The answer to this question depends on the type of battery you are talking about. If the 12-volt battery dies, and the high-voltage battery is working, then the answer is yes, you can drive the car without a battery. But, if the reverse is the case and the high-voltage battery is dead, the answer is no, you cannot drive the car.

  It is important to note that if the HV (high voltage) battery is depleted to a point where the engine cannot be started, but the 12V battery is working; the car will get the optimal resources to recharge the high-voltage battery with a 12-volt battery. In most hybrid vehicles, you can easily get a panel with a button on the side of the driver's doorframe. This button transmits power from 12 volts to more in one direction. Though, it will take some time to transfer power from one battery to another.

  And if you start the engine with a depleted battery, the engine will start on its own if you try to backup, since reverse gear in hybrid cars takes care of the electricity. It will work similarly to a diesel-electric car, which needs to rev the engine to run the alternator and send power to move the car.

  The next thing that will happen is that you will not get any electrical assistance to get the car out of one dead stop. It is comparable to moving the car from one dead stop with second gear in a manual transmission car. It occurs, as the gearing system of a hybrid car assumes that the electric assist will help complete what the first gear start. Eventually, the engine revs will be higher than normal since the engine will have to double performance to provide maximum electrical power to the battery.

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